The London Season – Downton Abbey Christmas Special 2013

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It’s summer and as part of Rose’s debutante `coming out’ she is to be presented at Buckingham Palace. The family is in London, preparing Grantham House for the busy social programme, and Martha Levinson, not one to miss such a grand occasion, arrives from New York with Cora’s recently disgraced brother Harold. Both outspoken and larger than life, they make quite an impression on certain members of high society. Meanwhile, when the Crawleys are implicated in a scandal that threatens to engulf the monarchy, Robert goes to great lengths to protect the royal family – and his own.

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(Photo copyright Harper’s Bazaar UK)

Costume drama, starring Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Lily James, Rob James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, Ed Speleers, Cara Theobold, Penelope Wilton, Shirley MacLaine, Paul Giamatti, Douglas Reith, Poppy Drayton, James Fox, Oliver Dimsdale, Janet Montgomery, Julian Ovenden, Michael Benz, Raquel Cassidy, Tom Cullen, Daisy Lewis, Samantha Bond and Patrick Kennedy.

I was waiting for some answers since the end of series 4 six weeks ago … I was at first a bit disappointed but after all it was a great episode with beautiful dresses, new characters who will reappear later I hope . I’m looking forward to watching the fifth series next year to find out who will win the race to Lady Mary’s heart – Lord Gillingham or Charles Blake .

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